He may have never played a single inning of major-league baseball, but singer/songwriter Dan Bern is nevertheless realizing a fantasy of his by heading to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., this weekend -- for a pair of concerts, that is.
Police appear to have recovered about 500 original Beatles tapes, including some never-released tracks, that were stolen in the 1970s, during raids today (Jan. 10) on members of a piracy racket in England and the Netherlands. British police said the tapes were "priceless." Dutch police, who found the tapes in the Netherlands, agreed, but said analysis of the material was ongoing.
The National Football League (NFL) has confirmed that Celine Dion will be on hand Jan. 26 in San Diego to perform "God Bless America" prior to the kickoff of Super Bowl XXXVII. It won't be the first time Dion has performed the Irving Berlin standard, as she delivered an impassioned performance of it during the post-Sept. 11 fundraising telethon "America: A Tribute to Heroes."
Maurice Gibb, bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist for pop superstars the Bee Gees, is in critical but stable condition today (Jan. 10) at Mount Sinai Medical Center & Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Fla. Gibb, 53, was admitted on Wednesday and underwent emergency abdominal surgery for a blocked intestine yesterday (Jan. 9), according to a hospital spokesperson. Maurice is a resident of Miami.
Despite the controversy surrounding its subject, a children's book based on R. Kelly's life will be reissued on March 1. Publisher Unique Expressions plans to re-release the children's story, "I Can Fly! (The R. Kelly Story)," based on Kelly's rags-to-riches life.
Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, comedy rock duo Tenacious D, actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton, and 1980s pop star John Waite have all lent their talents to "Cyclorama," the upcoming studio album from veteran rock act Styx. The set, due Feb. 18 from Sanctuary, is the follow-up to 1999's "Brave New World," which debuted at No. 175 on The Billboard 200.
"I have to warn you," said Jeff Tweedy at the start of his solo set. "I've taken a lot of medication." The crowd at Chicago's Vic Theatre, where Tweedy sold out a three-night stand, whooped, winked, and hollered at the mention of "medicine," but Tweedy wasn't speaking euphemistically.
NBC executive Andrew Lack has been named chairman/CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. Lack -- who has been president/COO of the television network since June 2001 and served as president of NBC News prior to that -- will join Sony early next month. He will be based in New York, reporting to Howard Stringer, chairman/CEO of Sony Corp. of America.
Country star Kenny Chesney has tacked on a slew of dates to his upcoming Margaritas & Senoritas tour, set to kick off Jan. 16 in Tupelo, Miss. In addition to previously announced dates that ran through Valentine's Day, Chesney will play U.S. arenas, largely in the eastern half of the country, through an April 12 show in Lubbock, Texas. Montgomery Gentry and Kellie Coffey will be on board to open the shows.